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  Last updated on Fri, 26 May 2017

Survey finds surge in homelessness in Oakland, Alameda County
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Thu, 25 May 2017
The biennial count of homelessness, released Thursday, turned up 25 percent more people without long-term shelter in Oakland than there were two years ago. Many of the 2,761 homeless people live in the encampments that have sprung up over the past year, sprawling beneath Interstate 880 overpasses and along desolate stretches in West Oakland. Others are largely unseen, staying in transitional housing or shelters. The survey was part of a county-wide effort in which 345 volunteers counted 5,629 sheltered and unsheltered homeless people in all of Alameda County on the morning of Jan. 30. “People are living in places not meant for people to live — in cars and abandoned buildings and alleyways and parks and overpasses and camps and encampments,” said Elaine de Coligny, executive director of EveryOne Home, a nonprofit that seeks to end homelessness in Alameda County and administers the survey. Nearly 70 percent of homeless people in the county survey were considered “unsheltered,” sleeping in places such as vehicles or on sidewalks. Outside the downtown Oakland Henry Robinson Multi-Service Center, a temporary shelter with job counselors and other resources, Issac Joseph, said he was squeezed out of his Oakland home by rising rents. Eighty-two percent of the homeless people counted told volunteers that they lived in the county before becoming homeless. “It’s painful to see so many unsheltered residents living on our streets in unsafe and unhealthy conditions,” Schaaf said at a news conference outside the county administration building on Oak Street in Oakland. The budget also sets aside funding to bring sanitation and trash services to encampments and to create a second transitional housing center like that of Henry Robinson on 16th Street.
Oakland considers nearly $1 million to settle police sex scandal
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Thu, 25 May 2017
The Oakland city attorney is recommending that officials approve a nearly $1 million settlement of a legal claim against the city filed by a woman who claims multiple police officers sexually abused her when she was a minor. The 19-year-old woman, the daughter of an Oakland police dispatcher, has filed multimillion-dollar claims against Oakland and Richmond alleging that officers in both cities sexually exploited her. The alleged abuse was uncovered when Brendan O’Brien, an Oakland police officer, killed himself in 2015 and left behind a note describing relations between the woman and several of his fellow law enforcement officers. The woman told The Chronicle in June that she had sex with at least four Bay Area law enforcement officers when she was a minor, and 29 officers in total over the previous two years. The woman testified last week at a preliminary hearing for former Oakland police Officer Brian Bunton, who has pleaded not guilty to engaging in an act of prostitution and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Bay Area political events: immigration, Russia
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Thu, 25 May 2017
Bay Area political events: immigration, Russia Political events A roundup of upcoming events: The Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity will host a discussion on immigration, followed by postcard writing to support social justice. The event is from 10 a.m. to noon at the Northern Police Station Community Room, 1125 Fillmore St. in San Francisco. Russia conversation: A public forum on the confrontation between Russia and the U.S., from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St. in Berkeley. Elizabeth Warren event: A conversation with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St. in San Francisco. The discussion is part of an all-day event organized around opposition to President Trump. For National Gun Violence Awareness Day, activists are asking people to wear orange to stand against gun violence. Gun violence march: A march across the Golden Gate Bridge to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day and to stand against gun violence. Marchers are demanding an independent investigation into Trump’s Russia connections in a “March for Truth.”
Nurse Raped at Gunpoint in Hostage Standoff, Suit Says, Thu, 25 May 2017
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of two nurses taken hostage at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, blames alleged violations by an officer guarding an inmate.
Santa Rosa man arrested twice in two weeks on firearms charges
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Wed, 24 May 2017
The recent legal problems of 20-year-old Pablo Barajas-Curiel began May 5 when he was pulled over for a vehicle code violation by police who were providing security near a Cinco de Mayo festival in Santa Rosa. Police found drug paraphernalia and a semi-automatic gun with an attachable flashlight and laser when they searched the car, they said. Barajas-Curiel was booked into the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility on firearms and theft-related charges, but was released on bail the following day, police said. Barajas-Curiel was again arrested and booked into the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility on a variety of weapons and drug charges, as well as one charge of committing a felony while out on bail, police said.
Former Raiders running back sentenced to 5 years in prison
SFGate Bay Area News Stories, Wed, 24 May 2017
A former Raiders running back was sentenced Wednesday to five years in state prison after pleading no contest to felonies including burglary and identity theft. Michael Antwon Bennett, 38, was sentenced for charges related to a 2015 incident in which he fraudulently took out $225,000 worth of loans in the name of his girlfriend’s parents, according to the Sonoma County district attorney’s office. Bennett, a first-round pick by the Vikings in 2001 who also played for the Chiefs, Bucs and Chargers in his 10-year career, was living on his girlfriend’s parents property in 2015 when he broke into their home and stole documents he then used to steal their identities, the district attorney’s office said in a statement.